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Interview with sponge fisher Sylvester Jackson

Interview with sponge fisher Sylvester Jackson

Date
1987-03-24
Description
One audio cassette. Jackson was one of the few non-Greek sponge divers in Tarpon Springs in the early 20th Century. He discusses many conflicts between the Greek community and other local peoples. The Florida Folk Arts Survey was conducted in 1987 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalis, Steve Frangos, Merri Belland, and Barbara Seitz as preliminary research for a joint folk art between the Florida Folklife Program and the Florida Museum of History. The field researchers focused on those areas previously overlooked by FFP staff. The research focused on identifying folk artists and locating appropriate exhibit objects.
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Interview with Greek dive helmet maker Antonio Lerios

Interview with Greek dive helmet maker Antonio Lerios

Date
1986-02-12
Description
One audio casette. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2003.
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Interview with sponge diving helmet maker Anthony Lerios

Interview with sponge diving helmet maker Anthony Lerios

Date
1989-06-25
Description
Three audio cassettes. Born 3 December 1902, Lerios was a Greek immigrant who made sponge diving helmets. He arrived in Tarpons Springs in 1913 to work in a machine shop. He soon owned his own, and made helmets. Also made and fixed engines and pumps. He also discussing making helmets, changes in the sponge industry, his health, training his grandson Nick Toth as an apprentice in helmet making, and local Greek culture. Nick Toth helped his grandfather throughout the interview. Continued on C89-24 and C89-35. Recorded at the Sponge Industry Folk Arts festival, festival sounds can be heard throughout. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Greek immigrants answered an ad to be sponge divers, the town acquired a distinctive Greek flavor, as the Greek Americans thrived in the sponge industry. At one point, Florida provided 95% of the nation's sponges. Although today over fishing and synthetic materials have undercut the sponge diving industry, the tradition lives on in Greek families, and through tourism.
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Greek sponge divers

Greek sponge divers

Date
1988-06-16
Description
Twelve color slides. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2003.
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Images from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

Images from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

Date
1989-06-24
Description
61 color slides. Images of musicans (many are dark), sponge diving helmet makers Toth and Lerios, crafts, and various speakers. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Greek immigrants answered an ad to be sponge divers, the town acquired a distinctive Greek flavor, as the Greek Americans thrived in the sponge industry. At one point, Florida provided 95% of the nation's sponges. Although today over fishing and synthetic materials have undercut the sponge diving industry, the tradition lives on in Greek families, and through tourism.
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Images of the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

Images of the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

Date
1989-06-24
Description
One proof sheet with 36 black and white images (plus negatives). Images of sponge diving, sponge processing Greek cooking, Greek craft booths, and Tsimouris making a Tsabouna, a Greek bagpipe. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Greek immigrants answered an ad to be sponge divers, the town acquired a distinctive Greek flavor, as the Greek Americans thrived in the sponge industry. At one point, Florida provided 95% of the nation's sponges. Although today over fishing and synthetic materials have undercut the sponge diving industry, the tradition lives on in Greek families, and through tourism.
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Sponge divers

Sponge divers

Date
1979
Description
Two color slides.
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Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs

Date
Description
One proof sheet with 21 images, plus negatives. 1-3 food market 4-10 sponges 11-21 net maker George Sanders April 1982
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Tarpon Springs sponge divers

Tarpon Springs sponge divers

Date
Description
One black and white print. May 1980.
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Tony Lerios and apprentice Nick Toth making diving helmets

Tony Lerios and apprentice Nick Toth making diving helmets

Date
1985-07
Description
Two proof sheets with 46 images (plus negatives). The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, who was later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year until 2003.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
a_s1708_04_tape23Interview with sponge fisher Sylvester JacksonSoundFishers
Fieldwork
Oral histories
Life histories
Sound recordings
Interviews
Sponge divers
African Americans
Sponges
Sponge fisheries
Fishing
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a_s1640_20_tape12Interview with Greek dive helmet maker Antonio LeriosSoundDiving helmet maker
Apprentices
Greek Americans
Helmets
Interviews
Diving
Diving Equipment and supplies
Sponge fisheries
Sponge divers
Life histories
Copper
Metal craft
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a_s1576_25_c89-023Interview with sponge diving helmet maker Anthony LeriosSoundDiving helmet maker
Arts, Greek
Greek Americans
Interviews
Sponge divers
Sponges
Life histories
Oral histories
Emigration and immigration
Helmets
Oral narratives
Sound recordings
Metal craft
Occupational groups
Apprentices
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Greek sponge diversGreek sponge diversStill ImageSponge divers
Fieldwork
Boats
Greek Americans
Occupational groups
Docks
Sponge fisheries
Sponges
Fisheries
Transportation
Waterways
Fishers
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Images from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts FestivalImages from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts FestivalStill ImageMusicians
Arts, Greek
Greek Americans
Folk festivals
Special events
Demonstrations
Musical instruments
Hides and skins
Bouzouki
Helmets
Craft
Sponge divers
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Images of the Sponge Industry Folk Arts FestivalImages of the Sponge Industry Folk Arts FestivalStill ImageArts, Greek
Greek Americans
Tsabouna
Musical instrument maker
Sponge divers
Occupational groups
Sponge fisheries
Sponges
Folk festivals
Special events
Food preparation
Cooks
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Sponge diversSponge diversStill ImageFieldwork
Boats
Sponge fisheries
Transportation
Waterways
Sponges
Sponge divers
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Tarpon SpringsTarpon SpringsStill ImageMaritime folklore
Food
Material culture
Netmaking
Fishing nets
Stores, retail
Sponges
Net maker
Sponge divers
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Tarpon Springs sponge diversTarpon Springs sponge diversStill ImageSponges
Sponge fisheries
Material culture
Maritime folklore
Maritime life
Mariners
Fishers
Sponge divers
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Tony Lerios and apprentice Nick Toth making diving helmetsTony Lerios and apprentice Nick Toth making diving helmetsStill ImageArtisans
Fieldwork
Diving
Sponge divers
Sponge fisheries
Helmets
Metal craft
Apprentices
Workshops
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